What Have I Been Up To?

Mostly underestimating how time-consuming it is to begin a new job, EVEN when it's PT, and EVEN when you're about to embark on a new freelance adventure. 

Fortunately, my job is the most positive and fulfilling I have had in many years. But combine that with all the other things that comprise a well-rounded life and still aiming for sleeping 7-8 hours a night, I haven't devoted as much time to blogging or freelancing as I'd like. Granted, I have had projects, but where I've fallen behind is in seeking out new clients. 

 Ed Fella: Polaroid photographs 1990-2005 (image via AIGA)

Ed Fella: Polaroid photographs 1990-2005 (image via AIGA)

The aspect of pure organization is where I've been spending some time. A friend sent me this apropos piece about finding authenticity within our busy lives, even when it's scary and feels selfish. And of course, I've been reading and re-reading several parts of How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul - it makes me feel a bit less guilty about the well-roundedness of life these days. I've felt frustrated with many designers in the past who seemingly live outside of the "real world" because daily life isn't somehow "design worthy". I love designers like Ed Fella who find inspiration in the everyday, who see the beauty and design in things that others consider mundane. 

Being Freelance

On your own, you have to be more disciplined, not less. You have to make your own schedules. You have to resist the allure of the fridge and daytime television. Also, the act of leaving the house every day to go to a place of work, and being out in the world is good for creativity—street posters, architecture, favorite shops, faces in the crowd, galleries, book shops, going to the sandwich shop at lunchtime— all contribute to the building of an alert design sensibility. Even the ugly stuff— the crass billboards and the trashy magazines on newsstands— informs the way we think about our work.

(— Adrian Shaughnessy, How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul)